“I should be grateful, but…”
Has this ever happened to you?
For months your blogging income was stuck at near-poverty level, and you would have done anything for more work. Then, almost without warning, more work started flooding in — and suddenly, you’d do anything to get back the time it’s taking to keep up.
Three months after this first happened to me, the “feast” of work continues and so does the periodic “indigestion.”
Sure, it’s nice to be rid of the financial worries from the time when my regular income was a third of what it is now; but I hadn’t anticipated the recurring fears of inadequacy, the surges of irritability, the lows of emotional depression following the highs of frantic work.
It can be stressful being in a profession where your income rises and falls with busyness — “busyness” defined as keeping up with a LOT of small individual projects at once.
I’m learning to cope. This is, after all, the earning level I hope to stay at or above for the rest of my working days.
My top nuggets of wisdom for other freelance bloggers who’ve been served their first “feast”: